EU funding update, February 2014

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Information about EU funding update, February 2014

Published on February 18, 2014

Author: NCVO



Update from Ingrid Gardiner on the 2014-20 EU programmes and structures. Delivered at the Public Services Delivery Network (PSDN) meeting on 10 February 2014.

Accessing European Structural Funds Ingrid Gardiner EU Manager

European Funding Network

European Structural and Investment Funds Introduction to the European Structural and Investment Funds •The Structural and Cohesion Funds are the European Union’s main funding programmes for reducing social and economic disparities across the EU. In England, these funds comprise the: •European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which supports research, innovation, business development and infrastructure investment •European Social Fund (ESF) which supports training, enhancing access to employment and social inclusion. •It will also include part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), and will be aligned with the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This funding should begin to come on stream in mid-2014.

European Structural and Investment Funds 2007-2013 Programme DWP’s European Social Fund Division (ESFD) is the Managing Authority of the ESF Programme in England and funding is ‘matched’ with UK Government funding. You can also access ESF through one of the Cofinancing organisations, including NOMS, and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Work and Pensions More information on the European Social Fund in England is available at For information on ESF and civil society, please go to our dedicated European Funding Network website. Above opportunities tendered through PQQ and ITT Community Grants through Grant Co-ordinating Bodies e.g. Engage, WEA, Surrey Community Action

Local Enterprise Partnerships

Proposed Delivery Arrangements

Local focus new opportunities • Opt in (e.g. Big Lottery Fund) to complement Growth Programme and social inclusion • Community Led Local Development • Community Grants • Volunteer time • Social innovation • Social investment • Technical assistance

Role of Partners and EFN • LEP engagement provider • Following tight timescales investment strategies – sent 31st of January • Information sharing • • Blogs and updates on website • One to one surgeries with LEPs and contribution to LEP events • Wider information events 28th of February in Ely and 27th of March in York

•European Structural Investment Fund 2014-20 •High Level Business Process •Local Enterprise Partnership •Project Implementation •Investment Plan •Routes into the Programme •Opt-In •Negotiated procedure with Opt-In organisations •Open Call Seeks ideas to deliver against strategy •LEP Defined Activity •Commissioned investments / direct bids etc. •Assess Strategic Fit •Monitor Performance against Strategy •Confirm strategic fit •Instruction to Invest •Applicant •Write Initial Application •Managing Authority •Funding Agreemen t •Develop Full Application •Selection into the Programme •Facilitation to complete full Application Form •Funding Agreemen t •Technica l Appraisal •Project Delivery •Contract Management& Monitoring •Reporting – All data on IT system – Reports drawn off as required •Annex to Paper to the Growth Programme Board •Proje ct Close •Closu re

Useful Resources European Funding Network LEP network Prospectus European Funding Toolkits

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